The ADA gave Bill Sasser, DMD, the association’s Humanitarian Award for his work in providing dental treatment for those in need around the globe.

Bill Sasser, DMD, was named the recipient of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Humanitarian Award.

The ADA Humanitarian Award recognizes dentist members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding, unselfish leadership predominantly in the field of dentistry, through the expenditure of extraordinary time and professional skills to improve the oral health of underserved populations.

Sasser was recognized for his work as executive director of Dental Community Fellowship — having led or participated in nearly 140 mission trips in 34 countries over two decades — as well as being the founder of South Carolina’s North Charleston Dental Outreach clinic, which provides dental treatment for individuals whose options for care are restricted due to financial issues and the absence of insurance.

Sasser began a private practice in 1976. After several years in practice while serving periodically on short-term mission trips, he left practice to enter a second career focused primarily on full-time international and stateside service.

In 2010, his former partner needed help and Sasser returned to part-time private practice. During this period, he continued to participate on multiple short-term international projects each year while leading the effort to build a new North Charleston Dental Outreach clinic, serving as its dental director.

Sasser also works with the Dental Community Fellowship, founded 20 years ago, organizing student trips 4-6 times each year.

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